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Kenyan police must take bold action to curb electoral violence

Via ISS, Nairobi Kenyans go to the polls on 4 March 2013 to elect their leaders at national and local level. This election is expected to turn the page on the bloodshed that followed the last national polls in 2007–2008. Notwithstanding the reforms that were instituted to address the flaws of the previous polls and the determination of the majority of Kenyans to avoid a repeat of the violence, many believe that the likelihood of conflict during the next election is still high. A Human Rights Watch report released early this month, ‘High Stakes: Political Violence and the 2013 Elections in Kenya’, warns of the unacceptably high risk of violence. The country’s security institutions, particularly the police, which has the primary responsibility for election security, must take bold action to curb the risk of violence.
A proper understanding of the police’s role in electoral processes, as well as the principles of policing elections, is key to providing effective electoral security. Polic…

Gbagbo's case reveals ICC as a Political Court

Nicodemus Minde Ivorian national and former President of Cote d' Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo will appear today at a confirmation of charges hearing at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Laurent Gbagbo together with his spouse Simone allegedly bear individual criminal responsibility as indirect co-perpetrators, for four counts of crimes against humanity; those are murder, rape and other sexual violence, persecution and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the context of post-electoral violence in the territory of Cote d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011. 
I have always held to high regard the supreme nature of international law and international tribunals. I hold the belief that the ICC is an independent international tribunal that deals with individuals charged with most serious crimes of international concern. Many critics of the Court have however, accused it as being a political court that works at the behest of the Western powers. The charges b…